Drug doctor and mother sentenced in Tacoma



TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A doctor who prescribed large amounts of oxycodone and methadone from clinics in Tacoma, Lakewood, Aberdeen and Lacey was sentenced in federal court Thursday to more than 12 years in prison.

The 41-year-old Antoine Johnson was convicted in November in Tacoma of illegal drug distribution, health care fraud and filing false income tax returns.

His mother and manager, 63-year-old Lawanda Johnson, was convicted of health care fraud and filing false income tax return. She was sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

The two also were ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution.

Federal prosecutors said they dispensed narcotics without examining patients and overbilled Medicaid.

The doctor and his mother fled the country in 2009 after drug and tax agents raided the clinics. They were arrested in Madagascar.